The gender gap in educational achievement could be reduced by single-sex schooling, research shows.Click through for the whole article.
Traditionally, female pupils have surpassed their male counterparts at secondary school. Education experts have recommended same-sex classrooms and a Christchurch longitudinal study has reinforced their case.
A Ministry of Education spokeswoman said there were no plans to introduce same-sex classrooms as part of the curriculum, although some schools were conducting their own trials.
...Principal researcher Sheree Gibb said she had looked at the data in response to debate over the issue, "and it showed clear differences between the two school types in both the size and direction of the gender gap".
She said the study provided no information on why the gap closed in a single-sex school, but it could be because of management style, distraction in co-ed schooling or decile level.
My perception is that most single-sex schools that remain are in reasonably high decile areas, although may well be wrong. I went to a girls only school from Form 1 until part way through Form 6, then changed to a co-ed school for the rest of my time at secondary, so I've experienced both and can see advantages, and disadvantages, in both. For me, as a young woman who had no brothers or male cousins close to me in age, switching to a co-ed environment was helpful socially. It was also a better school academically, for a whole variety of reasons.
What say you, dear readers?